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The Politics of Electoral Systems$
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Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199257566.001.0001

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Comparative Electoral Systems Research: The Maturation of a Field and New Challenges Ahead

Comparative Electoral Systems Research: The Maturation of a Field and New Challenges Ahead

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(p.25) 2 Comparative Electoral Systems Research: The Maturation of a Field and New Challenges Ahead
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The Politics of Electoral Systems
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DOI:10.1093/0199257566.003.0002

A comprehensive review of the literature on electoral systems establishes the progress made in the field in recent years. This area of political science research can now be regarded as a mature field. Questions concerning the relationships between electoral systems, proportionality, and the number of political parties in a party system (often summed up in terms of Duverger’s Law, or variants thereof) can now be regarded as largely settled. Important questions for future research include the intraparty dimension of electoral systems, and the origins of electoral systems.

Keywords:   electoral systems research, proportionality, party systems, Duverger’s Law, intraparty dimension

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